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"Answer at once" : letters of mountain families in Shenandoah National Park, 1934-1938

Author: Katrina M Powell
Publisher: Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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With the Commonwealth of Virginia's Public Park Condemnation Act of 1928, the state surveyed for and acquired three thousand tracts of land that would become Shenandoah National Park. The Commonwealth condemned the homes of five hundred families so that their land could be "donated" to the federal government and placed under the auspices of the National Park Service. Prompted by the condemnation of their land, the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Records and correspondence
Sources
Correspondence
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Katrina M Powell
ISBN: 9780813928531 0813928532 9780813928906 0813928907
OCLC Number: 317118332
Description: xx, 174 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
Contents: Foreword / Caroline E. Janney --
Preface --
Introduction : Processes of displacement and the development of Shenandoah national Park during the 1930s America --
1934 : Removing materials, collecting wood, and requesting assistance --
1935 : Requesting buildings, harvesting crops, and extending permits --
1936 : Resolving disputes and demanding park officials' responsibility --
1937 : Defending honor --
1938 : Maintaining daily life --
Epilogue : Remaining concerns and revising eminent domain laws.
Responsibility: edited by Katrina M. Powell.

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